The Plant Hunter
Today is the anniversary of the death of the nurseryman and botanist John Gould Veitch.
The Veitch Nursery dynasty was a force in the British nursery trade. Their dominance was born out of the idea to hire their own plant hunters to collect exclusively for them. John Gould Veitch became a plant hunter himself. He's remembered for collecting in Japan and in Australia where he once complained that the seeds of many plants,
“were so tiny he did not know if he was collecting seed or dust.“
John Gould Veitch's life was cut short by tuberculosis. He died when he was just 31 years old.